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Lieutenant governor race needs firefight spark

On his or her’s best day, Hawaii’s lieutenant governor can boast an agenda not much different than occupying the office on your worse day — little is going to happen. In the margins, however, those smart and lucky can find a lot of room to maneuver. Read More

Tsutsui to sit out 2018 election to ‘recharge’

In one of the first major moves of this political season, Lt. Gov. Shan Tsutsui is withdrawing his plans to run for Maui mayor next year. Read More

Ige and Hanabusa get gubernatorial ball rolling

Running for governor is Hawaii’s most difficult political quest and problems multiply when you exit Congress for a job back home. Read More
 

Lawmakers getting aboard rail-funding train — but where’s Caldwell?

Today Mayor Kirk Caldwell has succeeded only in uniting the state Legislature against him and his ever-increasing demand for more money and more time to finish his city rail project. If anything, he is showing a talent for leading people away from himself. Read More

Hawaii GOP should walk away from Trump’s remarks

With that sort of political power, the GOP would be best stepping off the Trump train and repeating the affirmation of Schatz: “He’s not my president.” Read More

Workings of Hawaii government hew to satirical Parkinson’s Law

This is the Honolulu Corollary to Parkinson’s Law: The bigger the issue, the less attention is paid; the more manini the issue, the more we scrap. Read More
 

Curb costly retirement benefits for government workers

It was just one sentence in the reams of data coming from the Tax Review Commission’s latest study, but the impact is jolting: The state is not getting enough money to operate. Read More

Time is running out for HART — and Oahu taxpayers

Honolulu’s slow-moving rail project is sliding into another “what, me worry?” moment with deadlines approaching and little acknowledgement of the project’s dropping support. Read More

Hirono emerges from surgery, to battle GOP health bill and Trump

Hirono has always been a strong liberal Democrat, but whether it was Donald Trump’s election or joining the fight to beat cancer, she has become all the more forceful. Read More

Trump likely to draw more lawsuits, with Hawaii joining in

We may not be the People’s Republic of Hawaii, but the renewed feistiness coming from local officials shows that Republican Trump has stirred Democratic Hawaii. Read More

Hawaii to take big hits under Medicare, Medicaid cuts

The Republican-controlled Congress has launched an attack on both the ACA and the Medicare and Medicaid portions of the act that if successful, will damage a great many Hawaii families. Read More

Candidates so far for LG fail to spark voter enthusiasm

Today’s question about political definitions is: What is the Hawaii version of meh? Read More

Hawaii’s environmental strides are more smoke than substance

We didn’t start global warming, of course, but scientists using Hawaii-collected data tracked the facts that Earth’s inhabitants were, and still are, slowly cooking ourselves. Read More

Legislators support rail, but haggling continues

If Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell and city rail officials were hoping for easy public relations points last week by pushing one of the non-running trains down the unfinished rail line, they really need a new definition of victory. Read More

Rail debacle should prompt developers, bankers to step up

On Thursday, the enormity of Honolulu’s rail project problems smashed through the state Legislature. Read More

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